These 50 Airbnb Houseboats Are Like Living in a Floating Tiny House
If you’ve ever wanted to take tiny-house living for a test drive, reserve one of these unique Airbnbs for your next vacation.
Houseboat Myrtle: Knysna, South Africa
If you’re charmed by the idea of living in a tiny house, but unsure how you’ll take to micro living, now you can take tiny-house living for a test drive, thanks to Airbnb. Here are 50 tiny houseboats that offer plenty of inspiration for the prospective tiny-home buyer. Take Houseboat Myrtle, for example. Permanently anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, just a two-minute dinghy ride from the Knysna waterfront in the Western Cape area of South Africa, she looks just like a little clapboard shed, floating on the water. Clever built-ins—like the dining room table that converts to an extra bed—maximize use of the small space. If you’re looking for something a little wilder, check out the wackiest places you can rent on Airbnb.
A Pirate’s Life: Charleston, South Carolina
Featured on Tiny House Hunters, A Pirate’s Life was recently gut renovated using reclaimed materials. The vaulted ceiling in the main cabin makes even tight quarters seem spacious and the wrap-around windows provide stunning views of Charleston Harbor—a must-see if you’re visiting South Carolina. Check out the coolest tiny houses in all 50 states.
The River Den: Gatineau River, Quebec
This tiny houseboat has a surprisingly roomy sitting room with a cozy wood stove, plus a second story sleeping loft. Custom built by the owner, the River Den features eight-foot patio doors and distinctive circular windows. Ready to take on a project of building a tiny house of your own? Check out the Build Your Own Tiny House course at Family Handyman DIY University.
Jette’s Houseboat: Copenhagen, Denmark
Prepare to fall in love with Jette’s houseboat, located in what was once a working industrial shipyard in the heart of Copenhagen. Upstairs is a living room, bright with big windows, with a view of the water and neighboring houseboats. A ladder takes you below deck, where there’s a bedroom, a bathroom, and a small but well-equipped kitchen.
Thames Houseboat: Central London
This Thames houseboat is just a stroll away from Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the National Theater, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, among other famous sights. It operates totally off the grid, with solar panels, yet has all the modern comforts, including hot water, a washing machine, and even a swimming pool.
Brand Eigenbau: Berlin
This tiny houseboat located in Heidesee outside Berlin is designed for summer fun, with lazy hammocks, a BBQ grill, and a sun deck that extends over half of the boat. The fireplace makes it an equally a cozy winter retreat if you’ve got the right fire-building skills. This is how much money you could earn renting out your house on Airbnb.
Louvre Barge: Paris
This tiny houseboat is in a historic Dutch barge, moored on the left bank of Paris, between the picturesque Pont Neuf and Pont Des Arts bridges. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck, or below deck at the gorgeous reclaimed wood bar in the fully equipped kitchen.
Friesland Houseboat: Grou, Netherlands
What you can see of this tiny Friesland houseboat is like the tip of the iceberg. Upstairs is one communal living/dining space and kitchen, but there’s more. Below deck, you’ll find two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a small laundry room. Smart floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in the communal area provides never-ending sunshine and a view of the water and passing boats.